Moses’ role in writing the Torah: The history of Jewish fundamental tenet

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The basic axiom of Judaism over the generations has been that the Torah is of divine origin and was transmitted to Israel by Moses. Numerous and diverse notions regarding the composition of the Torah and Moses’ role in writing it can and have been derived from this conservative doctrine, however. To date, no full and exhaustive inquiry into the matter having been conducted into the subject, some relevant sources and the relationship between the diverse views or their influence on one another still awaiting investigation. This paper seeks to fill this lacuna, focusing on the most primary and influential developmental stages of the tenet, and demonstrating that the emergence of these has largely been determined by polemics with other religious groups, including Pagans, Christians, Muslims, and Karaites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-44
Number of pages42
JournalJournal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies
Issue number39
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2014


  • Jewish Exegesis
  • Jewish tenet
  • Moses
  • Torah (Pentateuch)
  • Writing the Torah

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy


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